Embattled Canadian rock band Hedley announced Monday that they have withdrawn their award nominations from consideration at this year’s Junos.
“We do not wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night or to, in any way, take the focus away from the tremendous honour that is the Juno awards,” the band said in a statement released Monday.
“In the coming days, we intend to take responsibility, and talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.”
The band also says it is moving ahead with its cross-Canada Cageless Tour, with a show Monday night in Barrie, Ontario before turning to shows in Ottawa, Laval, and Atlantic Canada.
The tour will see the band taking on eighteen other dates from Quebec City to Kelowna, BC, before wrapping up on March 23, 2018.
The statement adds the band wants to ensure “everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real.”
“Saying a rock’n’roll lifestyle was to blame – or saying certain things happened because we were younger – isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends – and most of all, our fans – to do and be better.”